Tigers kill Italian tamer as parliament mulls ban on circus animals

Tigers kill Italian tamer as parliament mulls ban on circus animals

Four tigers have mauled to death their tamer in southern Italy, fuelling calls for a ban on the use of animals in circuses as parliament debates the issue. Police said the 61-year-old tamer, Ettore Weber, was attacked by the tigers on Thursday during a training session in Triggiano, a small town in the Puglia region. All the circus’s eight tigers were impounded by the police, triggering protests from animal welfare associations. The Anti-Vivisection League (LAV) called for the tigers involved in the attack not to be killed, and urged the…

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Jaguar Land Rover to build electric XJ car at Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover to build electric XJ car at Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover is to build an electric version of the Jaguar XJ saloon at its Castle Bromwich factory, in a boost to the embattled automotive industry. Britain’s largest carmaker will invest billions of pounds in creating a blueprint for the new vehicle and upgrading the plant on the outskirts of Birmingham, safeguarding the jobs of 2,500 people. The last of the current XJ model will roll off the factory lines on Friday before the company switches production to the new model over the summer. JLR, which is owned by…

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Competition regulator pauses Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo

Competition regulator pauses Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo

The UK’s competition regulator has ordered Amazon and the food delivery company Deliveroo to pause any integration efforts pending an investigation into potential breaches of competition rules. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Friday issued an initial enforcement order against the companies after Amazon bought a stake in Deliveroo. The order is preliminary to a decision, with no set deadline, on whether to launch a full merger inquiry. The online retailer was the lead investor in a $575m (£457m) financing round announced in May that valued Deliveroo at more…

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Bury bodies along UK’s motorways to ease burial crisis, expert suggests

Bury bodies along UK’s motorways to ease burial crisis, expert suggests

From burials in pyramids to scattering ashes and even plastination, there has been no shortage of ideas about how to deal with human corpses. But with graveyards and crematoria almost full in Britain, the conundrum of what to do with the dead has resurfaced with new urgency. Now a leading public health expert has suggested the sides of motorways, cycle paths and even brownfield or former industrial sites could be transformed to house the dead. “We need to challenge local authorities and county councils and say as part of their…

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Ancient forests and vast marshlands added to UN heritage list

Ancient forests and vast marshlands added to UN heritage list

Ancient forests, vast marshlands and a natural park replete with glaciers, ice caves and volcanoes are among the sites that have been added to Unesco’s world heritage list. More than 1,000 sites around the world – some cultural, some natural, some both – are currently protected by listing. Landmarks or areas are chosen for their value to humanity. On Friday the World Heritage Committee announced the addition of the first of this year’s batch. More sites will be named over the weekend. Among them are the Hyrcanian forests in Iran, an ancient metallurgy site…

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Vlaams Belang MP shocks and angers with “swimming pool tweet”

Vlaams Belang MP shocks and angers with “swimming pool tweet”

Newly elected Vlaams Belang extreme right MP has been called out in the Flemish parliament for his “despicable message”. NV-A MP Matthias Diependaele reacted angrily in the Flemish parliament on Thursday, when a Vlaams Belang member’s provocative tweet was read out. In this tweet, Sam Van Rooy (VB) referred to a press article according to which a swimming pool in Utrecht (Netherlands) introduced different schedules for youngsters and families, fearing the former would upset the latter. “I know a ‘swimming pool’ where these ‘young people who disturb’ can go and…

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Profit, Consumption and Value Chains: Following the trail of Brussels’ food waste

Profit, Consumption and Value Chains: Following the trail of Brussels’ food waste

It’s 7 p.m. at La Bascule. I park my bike behind a car in front of one of Brussels’ most prestigious bakeries. I introduce myself to one of the volunteers. She’s carrying a pile of boxes full of pastries and a bag of baguettes. When she opens the car, she invites me to taste one. I recognise a few well-known logos of the city’s food outlets. I can’t believe the quantity of pastries and bread crammed into that tiny car. I quickly grab something. The volunteers have to leave, they…

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Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine: Four Political Parties to Enter the New Parliament

Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine: Four Political Parties to Enter the New Parliament

The survey conducted on July 8-10, 2019 showed that the new Ukrainian parliament would consist of the following political parties: “Sluga Narodu” Party led by Dmytro Razumkov and backed by the newly elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy (40.3%), “Opposition Platform – Za Zhittya” led by Yuriy Boyko, Vadim Rabinovich, and Viktor Medvedchuk (15.0%), the “European Solidarnist” Party of the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (7.9%), and the “Batkivschyna” Party of Yulia Tymoshenko (5.8%). The other parties so far do not have enough public support to enter the next…

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Digitalisation is a threat as much as an opportunity for workers, experts say

Digitalisation is a threat as much as an opportunity for workers, experts say

While digitalisation offers more flexible forms of work, it can also be a threat to well-being and encroach on work-life balance, policymakers warned during an event organised by EURACTIV. Parental care is often the first thing that comes to mind when talking about better work-life balance. And digitalisation can certainly ease the process. “Digitalisation is a great opportunity for all of those who want a different working arrangement,” said Katarina Ivankovic-Kneževic, Director for Social Affairs at the European Commission. The work-life balance directive entered into force on 1 July. But…

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Croatia launches bid to join euro waiting room

Croatia launches bid to join euro waiting room

Croatia launched Thursday (4 July) a bid to join Europe’s Exchange Rate Mechanism II, the two-year waiting room for eurozone candidates which pegs their currencies to the euro, the national bank said. Zagreb hopes to join the ERM II mechanism in mid-2020 and could adopt the euro three years later at the earliest. A letter of intent to join the mechanism sent to the eurozone countries and EU institutions, signed by Finance Minister Zdravko Maric and HNB government Boris Vujcic, was accompanied by a plan for reforms Croatia will undertake…

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